Morsi, Badie back in Egyptian courts as trials of Brotherhood leaders resume

Ahram Online , Tuesday 21 Jul 2015

Ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi is back in court on Tuesday in his espionage trial

Badie and Morsi
File Photo: Ousted president Mohamed Morsi and Brotherhood supreme guide Mohamed Badie (C) at a news conference in Cairo in November 30, 2010 (Reuters)

The trials of ousted president Mohamed Morsi and top leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood resumed on Tuesday after the Eid Al-Fitr holiday.

Cairo criminal court resumed proceedings in the 'Qatar espionage trial' in which Morsi and ten others face charges of using their power to leak classified documents to the Gulf country.

Ismailia court also resumed the trial of Brotherhood Supreme Guide Mohamed Badie and 104 others - in the case known as the “Ismailia incident” - who have been charged with planning illegal protests, threatening public peace, committing acts of violence and murder.

The Brotherhood fell from power when Morsi, who hails from the group, was ousted in July 2013.

The group was banned soon after and designated a terrorist organisation.

Thousands of its members and top leaders were arrested and put on trial on charges of committing acts of violence.

Morsi has been standing trial in four other cases.

In June, he was sentenced to life in prison after he was convicted of spying for the Islamist Palestinian group Hamas. He was also sentenced to death over the 2011 Wadi Natroun prison break case.

In April, he received a 20-year sentence for inciting violence in the case of the deadly clashes in 2012 outside the Ittihadiya presidential palace.

Verdicts in all these cases can still be appealed.

The ousted president is also standing trial on charges of insulting the judiciary.

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